Since its announcement at COP26, South Africa’s JETP has received lots of international attention due to its potential to provide useful insights for the design and implementation of other JETPs around the world.

The latest research in South Africa by SNAPFI researchers has discovered that:

  • The implementation of the JETP is important for industrialised nations to deliver on their commitments to provide adequate support for Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) implementation in the Global South.
  • A domestic knowledge base, produced by local organisation and well communicated, is vital for building consensus and addressing contestation around the JETP.
  • The initial JETP negotiations overlooked principles of inclusivity and participation, leading to domestic pushback and hindering implementation.
  • For effective implementation, the JETP cannot remain a static offer, but needs to evolve by drawing on the work happening domestically and internationally.
  • To build trust in the JETP, transparency and accountability must work in both directions; the work of both donors and receiving countries must be opened to scrutiny.
  • ODA rules have restricted the finance made available through the JETP. JETPs provide an opportunity to find more innovative forms of finance.